Nota Bene

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awards  

Maclean's top 50
The 50 best restaurants in Canada
September 27, 2012

TORONTO LIFE
Toronto’s 25 Best Burgers: #4 Jennifer’s Stilton Brisket Burger
May 16, 2012

Talk of the Town Award
Nota Bene wins the 2011 Talk of the Town Award for Excellence In Customer Satisfaction April 12, 2011

Now Toronto
Best Business Lunch
November, 2010


foodserviceworld
Independent Restaurateurs Of The Year January 18, 2010

Toronto Life
David Lee Takes Home Top Honours
November 20, 2009

Toronto Life
Top Ten New Restaurants
April 2009

Where Magazine
Canada's Top Ten New Restaurants
December 18, 2008

enRoute Magazine
Nota Bene: Canada’s Best New Restaurant
November 2008


The awards below have been received by David Lee + Yannick Bigourdan for Splendido.


Mobil Travel Guide
Four Star Award
2007


AAA/CAA
Four Diamond Award
2007


Bloorview’s Circle of Honour Award for Philanthropy
June 21, 2007

OHI Independent Restaurateur Gold Award - April 19, 2007


VQA Award of Excellence
2004




press  RECENT | 2009 | 2008

LiveShareTravel.com
Six Toronto restaurants
to excite foodies

May, 2013

EL UNIVERSAL
Un recorrido gastronómico por las mejores mesas de la capital de Ontario
February, 2013

THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Chef David Lee eats his way across Northern Spain
February, 2013

CLASE EJECUTIVA
Entre la ficción y la realidad
December, 2012


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Insider's Guide to Toronto
June, 2012

postcity.com
Joanne Kates' 100 Best Restaurants
December, 2011

New York Resident
Sips And Cinema In Toronto
November 14, 2011


The Gazette
Movember is here! Mo bros unite worldwide to battle prostate cancer
November 4, 2011

Toronto Life
Toronto's five best steak frites
October 26, 2011

Eating Out Loud
David Lee at The Spice Market
September, 2011

Beverly Hills Courier
George Christy Talks About Brad Pitt, George Clooney, the TIFF, Seamus O'Regan and More!
September 16, 2011

Hg2 A Hedonist's Guide
Modern Canadian fusion
August, 2011

Travel Time Chile
Toronto - Close and Friendly
August, 2011

Toronto Life
Inside the meticulously organized fridge of David Lee, the co-owner and chef at Nota Bene
July 4, 2011

Globe & Mail
What does ‘Canadian barbecue’ mean?
July 01, 2011

Globe & Mail
Grilled B.C. spot prawns with sweet English peas
May 27, 2011

O GLOBO
À mesa, diversidade global de Toronto colhida no mesmo dia
May 12, 2011

Philadelphia Magazine
Island-Hopping in Toronto - Explore a city and its islands all in one weekend
April, 2011

CUISINE & VINS
Paraíso Gourmet - Cocina Canadiense
March, 2011

Globe & Mail
Rabbit with glass noodles and bean curd
January, 2011


2010

TheStar.com
David Lee preps for Year of the Rabbit
January, 2011


DV! La Revista
Consistencia Culinaria
December, 2010



theglobeandmail.com
Canadian Wagyu Beef Burger
November, 2010


Postcity
Chef David Lee goes wild in his own kitchen
November, 2010


Toronto Life
Weekly Lunch Pick: the soft shell crab BLT
November, 2010


Planeta Urbano
Toronto, Cosmopolitan City - November, 2010



postcity.com
Joanne Kate's Top 100 Restaurants
November, 2010


eldia.com.ar
Toronto, cosmopolita y mágica
October 3, 2010



Contraseña
El mapa del gusto
July 2010



LUGARES
Note Bene
February 2010



whatsonmyplate.net
On The Town: Nota Bene
February 24, 2010



Designeats.com
The Building Blocks of Flavour
February 9, 2010


Designeats.com
Nota Bene: The Place for Everybody
February 8, 2010


Globe & Mail
Big pickup spells luxury for restaurateur
January 26, 2010


foodserviceworld
Independent Restaurateurs Of The Year January 18, 2010


ca.delish.com
Lucy's Kitchen:
Winning Dishes

January 18, 2010


2009

plato putas
David's best gifts to give
December 20, 2009



thestar.com
Lee's simplicity wins golden plate
November 24, 2009



CTV News
Chef David Lee's crispy duck leg and lentils recipe - Nov 24, 2009


Toronto Life
David Lee Takes Home Top Honours
November 20, 2009


Gayot.com
Nota Bene Toronto
November 17, 2009



Winnipeg Free Press
Westerners, it's time to lose the anamosity
October 3, 2009


FoodTV.ca
Nota Bene, TO – Lauded as the Best in Canada
September 18, 2009


Globe & Mail
Canadian Wagyu beef burger
May 20, 2009


Toronto Life
Top Ten New Restaurants
April 2009


The Globe and Mail
Joanne Kates's Top 5 Restaurants
February 28, 2009


The National Post
Flu season is here? Quick! To the restaurant!
February 25, 2009


The Bay Street Bull
David Lee's
Hotly Anticipated
New Eatery Makes Its Mark
- Winter 2009

InsideToronto.com
Nota Bene Defies Recession
January 28, 2009


Toronto Life
Bread Winner
January 2009


2008

The Globe and Mail
2008's best eats
December 27, 2008



Where Magazine
Canada's Top Ten New Restaurants
December 18, 2008


dine.TO
It doesn’t get much better than this
December 2008


enRoute Magazine
Nota Bene: Canada’s Best New Restaurant
November 2008


The National Post
enRoute magazine's 10 best new restaurants in Canada
October 28, 2008

Toronto Life
Lighten Up
October 2008



Eyeweekly.com
Nota Bene ★★★★★
September 10, 2008



The Globe and Mail
Nota Bene makes a foodie's heart beat faster
September 6, 2008


Taste T.O.
Notre Benediction
September 4, 2008



toronto.com
The Buzz: Nota Bene
August 21, 2008



NOW
Take note of Nota
August 19-26, 2008



TheStar.com
Luxury even for not-so-high rollers
August 09, 2008


National Post
Pop Goes The Menu
August 09, 2008



MartiniBoys.com
Nota Bene Review
July 29, 2008



SpotlightToronto.com
Nota Bene, Lunch
July 22, 2008



The Globe and Mail
Flavour savers for all seasons - by David Lee
July 16, 2008


MartiniBoys.com
Hot Chefs: David Lee at Nota Bene
June 27, 2008


BizBash New York
Splendido Owners Set to Open New Restaurant on Queen - April 24, 2008


Taste T.O.
T.O. Tidbits
April 21, 2008



Post North Toronto
Return of the King
March, 2007





The press articles below have been received by David Lee + Yannick Bigourdan for Splendido Restaurant which they owned from 2001 to June 2009.


2009

Toronto Life
Top Ten Restaurants
April 2009



Toronto Life
Review: Splendido ★★★★
January 2009

2008

The Globe and Mail
David Lee: Grilled goat cheese panini with tomato consommé
September 3, 2008

Foodservice and Hospitality
Give A Little Bit
August, 2008


The Globe and Mail
Flavour savers for all seasons - by David Lee
July 16, 2008


Reuters Life
Chef David Lee carves out Canadian cuisine
April 8, 2008


theglobeandmail.com
Chef David Lee: Baked Pacific halibut filet
April 2, 2008


Toronto Life
Talk To The Hand
April 2008



Toronto Life
Best Wine Lists
April 2008



Opinionated About Dining
Fine Dining Survey - March 12, 2008


Foodservice and Hospitality
Special Feature - Give A Little Bit - March 2008



Montreal Gazette
David Lee at Toqué!
February 28, 2008



theglobeandmail.com
David Lee: Turning a tough cut into a tender delight - Feb. 20, 2008


Second Harvest
Dining For Second Harvest - February 14, 2008


Toronto Life
Editorial Review: 4 stars
February, 2008



FASHION Magazine
Editor's Picks: Most romantic date spots
February, 2008


theglobeandmail.com
A once rare delicacy yours to discover
January 16, 2008

insidetoronto.ca
Top Tables of 2007: Splendido Best Restaurant - Dec. 2007

Wish Report
Muita mordomia, Serviço é o forte do restaurante Splendido - Dec. 2007

theglobeandmail.com
Chef David Lee took your culinary questions
November 14, 2007

Globe and Mail
A high-maintenance piglet yields succulent pork - Nov. 14, 2007
Article by Chef David Lee

Cuisine & Wine Asia
Trailing The
Seasoned Path

November 1, 2007

Globe and Mail
Bloody fine steak - September 26, 2007
by Chef David Lee

nwa World Traveler
Cosmo Toronto
October, 2007


georgechristy.us
If it’s September,
it must be Toronto

September 14, 2007

Gastronomie by Weekend.ca
A DUEL between top chefs - Sept. 12, 2007

Globe and Mail
Haute cuisine?
It's in the bag

September 5, 2007

Washington Post
Travel Postcard From Tom - Sept. 2, 2007


The Toronto Sun
Penfolds' luxury wines simply Splendido
September 2, 2007

Wine Access
The Top 100: Canada’s Best Restaurants
August/September, 2007

National Post
Canadian cuisine's tipping point
August 04, 2007

Globe and Mail
My 400-kilogram fish tale
June 20, 2007 - Article & Video by David Lee

CityBites
Hot for Wine
May/June, 2007


Globe and Mail
Pale spears,
pure pleasure

May 9, 2007

Toronto Life
Mother's Day Guide
May, 2007


Weekend.ca Montreal
Plaisirs culinaires à TORONTO
Vol 4, No. 4, 2007

Toronto Life
Restaurant Guide:
Star Power

April, 2007

Toronto Life
Food of Love: Splendido serves up romance
April, 2007

Post North Toronto
Return of the King
March, 2007


Wine Access
Best Tables
February/March, 2007


Tom & Pat Muir
Splendido Charity
Dinner 2007

February 28, 2007

Toronto Star
Valentine’s Day
Hit By Snowball

February 15, 2007

Ontario Restaurant News OHI Honours Those Who Gave Foodservice A Boost - February, 2007

Toronto Life
Sous City
February, 2007


Foodservice and Hospitality  Franchise Report 2007: Chef’s Corner - Feb. 2007

2006-2001

Vines
Consuming Passion
November/December, 2006

Where Magazine
10 Top Toques
November, 2006


National Post
Small dishes, big names
September 23, 2006


Wine Access
Ontario’s Best Splurge
September, 2006


The New York Times
August, 2006



Sing Tao Weekly
August 26, 2006



New York City Tourist
Splendido: Editor's Choice - August, 2006


TorontoPlus.ca
Profile
August, 2006


MartiniBoys.com
Review
August, 2006


Toronto Star
AFTER FIVE - A little touch of luxury
Sunday, July 30, 2006

CityBites
A Breed Apart
August/September, 2006


Weekend
Norther Exposure
September, 2006


Zagat Survey
Toronto Restaurants Survey - July 18, 2006


The Globe and Mail
A fine mix of ingredients goes into the home of a master chef - Jun 2006

CityBites
Respect the Farmers
June/July, 2006


Nuvo Magazine
NUVO Editors' Top 5 Canadian Restaurant
June, 2006

National Post Toronto
Summertime and the feastin’ is easy - May 20, 2006

The Bayview Post
Wine Finds: Raise a glass to the sexiest stemware - May 2006

The Globe and Mail
Blue-ribbon rib-eye
April 28 2006


The Globe and Mail
Chef Confidential - Toronto Stars’ Travel Tastes - April 8 2006

CityBites
The Sommeliers: The BEST of All
April/May 2006

Toronto Life
Best Restaurants: James Chatto Picks the Top 20
April 2006

Maclean's
Atomic Chefts
February 13, 2006


National Post
A toast to new wines
January 21, 2006


Restaurant News
Beverage News
January 2006


National Post
Out of necessity, a culinary wonder:
Winterlicious blahs? Try Toronto by Table
- January 14, 2006

Maclean's
Tell the chef how to cook
January 4, 2006

Post City Magazines
Style vs. Substance
Winter 2005/2006


Legends of the Twentieth Century
A Celebration of the Greatest Wines
November 10, 2005

The James Beard Foundation
Letter 2005
November 3, 2005

Dining Out
One Unforgettable Evening
October/November 2005

CityBytes
The Road to Manhattan
October/November 2005


Toronto Life
Restaurant Guide
Splendido - 4 Stars

October 2005

Wine Access
Cooking for James Beard
September 2005


National Post
Best of Canada:
Best place to eat

Sept. 10, 2005

National Post
Price-slashing
counter cachet

July 6, 2005

National Post
Exotic Canadian fare?
June 11, 2005


Toronto Life
Splendido:
Top of Its Game

April 2005

Dining Out
Kitchen Talk:
Chef David Lee

Winter 2004/2005

Toronto Living
Absolutely Splendido
Winter 2004/2005


Nuvo
Splendido walks the walk
Winter 2004/2005


Where Magazine
Our city’s culinary crown jewel - November 2004


National Post
Wall Street of vegetables
October 30, 2004


National Post
The Purse Stool
September 25, 2004


National Post
by Jacob Richier
June 19, 2004


Toronto Life
Top 10 Restaurants 2004
April 2004


Centre of the City
Exploring Cuisine Naturele
2004

National Post
Seats for you
and Louis Vuitton

2004

Discover Cuisine Magazine
A Flagship of Fine Dining


Post City Magazines
The city’s snappiest
small plates

2003

Toronto Life
Hail to the Chefs: The year's most memorable meals - April 2002

The Globe and Mail
Splendido’s new owners give meaning to the name - October 15, 2001



patron feedback

Dr. Ron & Mrs. Nina Fuller

Tony Aspler
Grapes for Humanity

Lola Kerecki

Rebecca Kingston




The patron feedback below has been received by David Lee + Yannick Bigourdan for Splendido Restaurant which they owned from 2001 to June 2009.


Zoë Cormack Jones
Second Harvest

Mirabel Chua Lee

Lorrie Perez Torreda

Marilyn Shabot

Lucille Liu Avakian
Viking Nile Cruise

Manuela Uribe
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Lisa Stevens

Dick Lim

Christopher Fabricius

Happy New Yorkers

Marilyn Shabot

Fiona

Gabriela

Maria MacDonald

Christine Davis

Marilyn Guerdan
Ascension Health

Michael R. Pack
CDM

Sol

Oliver Jerschow
Urban Strategies Inc.

Eunice McQuillan
Advantex Marketing International Inc.

Nicole Arroyas

Jamie Black